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Regex for two alphabets or characters

Regex for two alphabets or characters

An alphabet is a unit of information that represents a single letter i.e., from a-z or A-Z. In this article let's understand how we can create a regex for alphabet and how regex can be matched for a given alphabet.

Regex (short for regular expression) is a powerful tool used for searching and manipulating text. It is composed of a sequence of alphabets that define a search pattern. Regex can be used to find patterns in large amounts of text, validate user input, and manipulate strings. It is widely used in programming languages, text editors, and command line tools.

Structure of two alphabet

The string should have the following criteria and structure-

  • an alphabet is a unit of information that represents a single letter from a-z or A-Z
  • It can contain two alphabets.

Regex for checking if two alphabets is valid or not

Regular Expression for alphabet-


Test string examples for the above regex-

Input StringMatch Output
12Gdoes not match
2does not match
;23does not match

Note the i modifier in the regex takes care of the UPPERCASE letters.

Here is a detailed explanation of the above regex-


^ asserts position at start of a line
Match a single character present in the list below [a-z]
{2} matches the previous token exactly 2 times
a-z matches a single character in the range between a (index 97) and z (index 122) (case insensitive)
$ asserts position at the end of a line
Global pattern flags
g modifier: global. All matches (don't return after first match)
m modifier: multi line. Causes ^ and $ to match the begin/end of each line (not only begin/end of string)
i modifier: insensitive. Case insensitive match (ignores case of [a-zA-Z])

Hope this article was useful to check if the string has two alphabets or not.